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Old 04-26-2016, 10:42 PM
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Default My Experience with tire sizes and leveling kits for 93 2wd Ranger

To start this thread off, I'd like to say this thread is not for a question I have, but for people that might be looking for the max tire/wheel sizes on their 93-97 2wd Rangers. I read a lot of threads about this modification before I pulled the trigger on the project and found out a couple things that a) were obvious and I'm stupid for not realizing what I was missing. b) things I had never seen mentioned in any thread before that were a really "great" surprise when I was close to finished. SO. With all of that said, I'll get on with this. I wanted to level the front of my Ranger and make the thing look a bit beefier, its 2wd so I didn't want to go too extreme but let's be honest, the thing looked wimpy as hell. 4.0L V6 and I had 26" tires. Gross. Looking up max tire sizes without a big lift gave me an option of 31s with a leveling kit or 30s with no leveling kit (or if you want to go even cheaper, 265/70r/15s). Deciding on seeing how well 31" BFG KO2s would fit, I went searching for a leveling kit. Instantly decided coil spacers aren't really that great of an idea. Kept searching. Keep in mind I was trying to achieve a 2" lift, so all I really needed was new coils. Rough Country coils? Yep. Link? You bet, NON-4 LITER ENGINES: http://www.roughcountry.com/ford-sus...it-9264-4.html. FOUR LITER ENGINES: http://www.roughcountry.com/ford-sus...it-9264-6.html. Previously mentioned, I have a 4L v6. $100 later (not counting the $800 tires) I was pretty sure I had what I needed. Here is where I'll give a "duh" reminder, because I was too dumb to think of this. If you raise your suspension height, your shocks will no longer work the way they should. You'll need to get new shocks, but shocks can be expensive if they're something like SkyJackers right? Went to O'reillys and ordered some F150 shocks, fits perfect and has the right amount of travel for the new coils. With the truck at the tire shop getting the wheels mounted on the KO2s, I needed an alignment(another obvious thing a lot of people look over). With the bigger tires and new coils, the front end is now 4" taller than it used to be. Getting an alignment was not possible because the camber bushings were maxed, and I still had WAY too positive camber, it was visible. Assuming any one of you have the same issue, the fix is to buy new camber bushings. NAPA surprisingly carries these and they aren't hard to find. Just figure out how camber correction you need (ask the guy from the tire shop its not hard), find a bushing that's in that range of camber and buy TWO. Some guy before me bought only one and I couldn't help but laugh. $70 later, I have -0.5 camber (which I was told does not get any better, when taking turns the load will be on the outside of the tire but with -0.5 camber you will not have any abnormal tire wear). If any of you are reading this and getting sick from my explanation of things, (or maybe I've made a couple mistakes), just post a reply (constructive criticism is appreciated but don't be an a******). Steering: steering radius may have been slightly affected but in all honesty I haven't noticed anything drastic. At full lock (trust me, I made sure it's full lock..) the tires EVER SO SLIGHTLY rub on the sway bars, however you must be in full lock which, for me, is RARELY necessary. So, breakdown: 1.5" coils, 31" BFGs, new longer shocks, and possibly new camber bushings; don't be surprised if ya need them. I'll post before/after on the tire sizes and leveling kit, they should be able to label themselves. Hope this helped, signing off. -93xl
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Old 04-27-2016, 02:18 AM
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Default Re: My Experience with tire sizes and leveling kits for 93 2wd Ranger

Welcome to FRF, Clean looking truck for the year.

Nice first post. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-01-2016, 09:21 PM
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I'm well aware of this thread's age, but with some projects soon to come, I decided I wanted to throw one more photo up. Sorry
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Old 11-04-2016, 11:10 AM
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Default Re: My Experience with tire sizes and leveling kits for 93 2wd Ranger

Good write up.

I have a 1997 4.0 and I was able to clear 31x10.5x15 stock, it would clip the edge of my bent bumper at a tight turn, but they fit. Also, you can get away with stock stocks, I am still running them on the same set of coils. Finally you will for sure need the bushings.

Here is the part: https://www.amazon.com/Moog-K80109-C.../dp/B000C59ZDQ
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:39 AM
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Really? There was no way my stock shocks would EVER still work with the new springs. Maybe the travel was different on those... oh well. Just got finished with a Viper 5706v install. I'll be posting a thread about it. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:27 AM
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Default Re: My Experience with tire sizes and leveling kits for 93 2wd Ranger

what size wheels and offset are you running I am looking at doing something like you did with 16x8 with -12 offset and 245/70-16
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Old 01-03-2017, 10:39 PM
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what size wheels and offset are you running I am looking at doing something like you did with 16x8 with -12 offset and 245/70-16
Running a 3.75 backspace and a -19mm offset. 15" wheel 8" wide. Tires stick out about 1/4".
http://www.4wheelparts.com/Wheels/Se...Py0aAqUF8P8HAQ
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Old 01-04-2017, 09:18 AM
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Thanks dos sharing.
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